MOGADISHU (SD) – Somali prime minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble has today travelled to Nairobi following invitation letter by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
According to Somali foreign ministry, the delegation led by Roble will be leaving from Mogadishu in the forthcoming hours.
“PM Mohamed Hussein Roble left today for Kenya at the head of a government delegation on an official visit aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries. FM spoke the significance of the visit to the media,” the ministry said.
The development comes two days after Kenya foreign minister, Raychelle Omamo visited Mogadishu to deliver invitation to PM Roble.
“The minister delivered an official invitation from Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to PM Roble which he accepted. Somalia and Kenya have longstanding historical relations, including diplomacy, security and economics,” Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, the government spokesperson said in a statement.
Mohamed Abdirizak, Somali foreign minister and Omamo held bilateral talks on ways and mechanisms for strengthening relations and cooperation.
“It’s indeed a revitalized beginning for us as we seek to foster our diplomatic and bilateral ties,” Abdirizak said.
The two countries restored their bilateral relations two months ago after months long relations between the two states which had been frosty.
Both sides exchanged counter-accusations about interference with domestic affairs, territorial integrity over the Indian Ocean maritime dispute, miraa trade and security.